David James is so convincing as Johnny Cash that the part-time Nanaimo house painter and musician landed himself a voice-over role in a documentary about the legendary Man in Black.
And now he's sharing a taste of that experience with Langleyites when he comes to town for a show next week.
The film, which is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit, is called My Father and The Man In Black. It tells the story of Cash and the country musician's long-time manager (1960-1973) Saul Holiff. The documentary was produced by Holiff's son Jonathan.
"It is a very powerful film, with many facts about Cash, June Carter [Cash's wife], and Saul and a wealth of unknown situations," James Facebooked from Mexico a week before his Langley gig.
"My voice appears as the voice of Johnny Cash. I was blessed to land the part," he shared.
Consequently, James will be showing a trailer for this film on Oct. 14, when he performs his Cash tribute show at Cascades Casino's special Sunday afternoon Malt Shop Memories series.
Coming off a summer tour of casinos, showrooms, and festivals, James will be loading up his gear and the Big River posse (Todd Sacerty, Colin Stevenson, and Duncan Symonds) and heading to the Mainland later in the week.
It's been an incredibly busy summer, he said, the biggest shows being Trois Rivieres in Quebec before 10,000 fans and at the Surrey Canada Day before a crowd of 30,000. They're off to Fort St. John and Drayton Valley after Langley.
"Full-time musician is not far from now we are booked most weekends and have several winter and spring theater tours upcoming and more festivals next summer," said James, who recently took on the stage name of David James, instead of his given name of Pittet.
"No one can pronounced my last name, and James sounds more like a country artist than Pittet," he said, explaining the switch to using his middle name as a last name on stage.
Doors open at 1: 30 p.m. with the show at 2: 30 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 and available in advance at 604-5302211, or at www.ticketweb.ca.
HOW TO WIN
A pair of tickets to see David James' Johnny Cash tribute
Two lucky readers will each win a pair of tickets to the Oct. 14 Malt Shop Memories concert at Cascades Casino
How do you win?
. Visit the Langley Advance website at: www.langleyadvance.com, find "More Ways to Connect," and click on "send us your letters, photos, video."
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